Chemical-Free Ways of Getting Rid of Roaches
Getting Rid of Roaches – Green Solutions and Chemical-Free
If you see a cockroach, even a single one, out scavenging for food in broad daylight, then you have to immediately assume that more of them are hiding inside your home. They may be hiding behind your furniture, between the walls, inside the basement and attic, under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, and even between old newspapers and cardboard boxes, etc. Roaches are nocturnal pests and they only come out at night to feed, so if you see one in broad daylight, what more will you see at night?
Before you hire a professional pest control company to get rid of them, you first have to try chemical-free ways. This is especially important if you have kids and pets living with you at home.
Below are two chemical-free ways of getting rid of roaches.
The Baking Soda Balls
Baking soda is one of the most used ingredients to get rid of roaches since it can easily dehydrate the insect and kill it. However, cockroaches have to ingest the baking soda first for it to work. By itself, baking soda will not attract a cockroach. You have to mix it with something a cockroach will find palatable such as sugar, crushed bread, honey, maple syrup, or even powdered chocolate. Of note though; if you’re going to use a dry sugary ingredient with the baking soda, you have to pour a little water to make the mixture sticky. Once you’ve mixed the ingredients together, you have to roll them into little balls or pellets. Once done, sprinkle them in places that you usually see cockroaches.
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Another baking soda ball that you can make is a doughy ball consisting of about a cup each of baking soda and flour, half a cup of shortening, finely chopped onion, and one-fourth cup of any sugary ingredient (white, brown, or powdered sugar or maybe even honey, sweet syrup, condensed milk, molasses). Mix all ingredients together until they form a paste then roll them into small pellets and balls. Sprinkle them in the hiding places of cockroaches.
If you’re going to use crushed bread, you have to mix it with condensed milk or other sugary ingredients such as those mentioned earlier and two to three tablespoons of baking soda. Once they are doughy and sticky, roll them into balls and then scatter them in the places where cockroaches usually inhabit.
One piece of advice though. Roaches love these little balls and pellets fresh, so make sure that you only use what you need. You have to store the rest of the little pellets in an airtight container and place it inside the refrigerator to keep them fresh.
The Homemade Herbal Cockroach Spray
There are so many herbs that you can use for your homemade herbal cockroach spray such as tea tree, mint, citronella, lemongrass, clove, lavender, and even rosemary. You can purchase these essential oils from your local grocery store, mix a few drops into a spray bottle filled with water, and spray directly on a cockroach. This can easily kill the pest.
If these homemade pest control methods cannot get rid of your roach problems, then you can always ask for the help of a professional pest control company. Their products not only kill adult cockroaches but its eggs as well.
Jennifer Daggett is an article writer for Admiral Pest in Downey. The provider is known for its safe and effective methods of getting rid of pests.
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